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reviving divided communities through social entrepreneurship

reviving divided communities through social entrepreneurship

Our Why

Large parts of rural Europe suffer from social and economic decline. Educated youth leave the countryside in search for better opportunities, further diminishing the local capacity for economic recovery and social cohesion.

As rural communities become more fragile, old and new animosities emerge, fueled by populism and nationalism. In this climate of destitution and distrust, people forfeit the few precious resources they have, their natural and cultural traditions, for short-term financial gain.

To counter this trend, Fronterra sparks cross-community initiatives around eco-tourism and sustainable agriculture.

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“Fronterra gave me hope that it is possible to realize what you desire” Maid, participant Mostar BiH program

What we do

1.Deep Dive

Retreat in nature. Test your limits. Drop stereotypes and prejudices. Discover inner drive. Learn about local nature and culture. Understand its value. Take responsibility. Explore opportunities. Co-create start-up ideas

2.Springboard

Develop the eco-business propositions. Test and improve them. Create synergy between the start-up ideas. Become a deeply committed team. Engage the local community. Prepare for launch

3.Community Dinner

Host an open-air dinner. Gather community leaders. Pitch the proposals. Celebrate local produce and local traditions. Spark cross-community pride and hope. Win support. Launch start-ups

Ripple

Set up trade event to boost sales. Start new program in the same region. Interconnect clusters. Broaden regional impact and resilience

Blog

FRONTERRA: TRADINNOVATION - BY JELENA ROZIC

November 05, 2016

FRONTERRA: TRADINNOVATION – BY JELENA ROZIC

Fronterra program didn’t stop with explaining the notion of social entrepreneurship in theory. The organization team prepared a treat for the end. They ended the program with an idea that brought together two strong powers of contemporary society – the tradition and innovation.

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FRONTERRA: TRADINNOVATION - BY JELENA ROZIC
I WANT IT, THEREFORE I CAN DO IT - BY JELENA ROZIC

November 01, 2016

I WANT IT, THEREFORE I CAN DO IT – BY JELENA ROZIC

In the period from September the 15th and 18th a project called Fronterra was held in Mostar. You could read all about it in the media, but it’s no harm to repeat. Fronterra program is a social start-up program that brings together entrepreneurial talent from divided, disaffected communities. Participants rediscover common ground, develop shared perspectives and collaborate on social business ideas. In Mostar the focus was on agriculture and tourism so the applications gathered about fifteen ambitious people who showed that they have a lot to offer to their local community.

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I WANT IT, THEREFORE I CAN DO IT - BY JELENA ROZIC

In these days of industrialised food, we tend to forget how food has shaped our identity. Food not only expresses who we are, it is also a powerful social lubricant.

Projects

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May 18, 2016

Struga & Ohrid, Macedonia

Creating a courageous community of young visionary talent at the shores of Lake Ohrid

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September 15, 2016

Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina

Bridging differences under the Bridge

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October 29, 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bread & Salt: A connecting dinner with immigrant artists and influentials in the Dutch art scene at RIJKS restaurant, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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September 02, 2017

Kostajnica, Croatia & Bosnia-Hercegovina

Reuniting Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks along the border river Una

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April 01, 2018

Cyprus

Developing eco-solutions to climate-change in the Buffer Zone

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The goal of climbing big mountains should be to attain some sort of spiritual and personal growth, but this won’t happen if you compromise away the entire process.

Yvon Chouinard, Founder Patagonia

Do you want to contribute

Fronterra is always looking for capable and committed volunteers. Tell us what motivates you and how you would like to help.

Make a donation

We truly think your money is well spent here. And if your grant is substantial, your are welcome to witness how it works.

“Food, at the moment, seems to be the only unifying force in this highly fractured place” Ottolenghi

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